The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Wednesday that the actor, 54, who has kept quiet following his Oscars controversy in March, visited the team as part of the Lakers’ Genius Talks. The event is an annual conference where celebrities speak with the team to offer inspiration.
The Oscar winner was presented with a No. 14 Lakers jersey and was photographed with the team and the team’s owner, Jeanie Buss, and general manager, Rob Pelinka. According to the Lakers, the actor spoke about “strength through togetherness, and practicing gratitude in times of great challenge.”
The team is currently in the middle of a losing season.
Smith’s message is said to have been inspired by “themes in his forthcoming masterpiece film, Emancipation.”
Also sharing the team photo, Smith wrote on Instagram: “Gave a sneak peek of #Emancipation 到 @lakers and had a GREAT convo about the film for their Genius Series… big thanx to everyone who came thru!! Next stop… my @sixers.”
Apple Original Films released the official trailer for the film earlier this month where Smith plays a man who escapes slavery and sets out on a quest for freedom.
在一个 screening of the film held in early October, Smith elaborated on the theme of the movie and its message.
“Throughout my career, I’ve turned down many films that were set in slavery,” Smith said at the screening, 每 这 好莱坞报道. “I never wanted to show us like that. And then this picture came along. And this is not a film about slavery. This is a film about freedom. This is a film about resilience. This is a film about faith. This is a film about the heart of a man — what could be called the first viral image. Cameras had just been created, and the image of whipped Peter went around the world.”
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While Smith won the award for Best Actor that night for his 理查王 表现, 他 resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was eventually banned from attending Academy events for a decade following the incident.